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    DAMARI

    Subject: IS IT LEGAL TO LIE TO THE DFEH & US DEPT OF LABOR? CITIGROUP DID & THEY LIE TO CLIENTS IN CARMEL PLEASE READ THIS LETTER SENT TO THE MONTEREY HERALD
    The Monterey County Herald
    Attn: Herald Executive Editor, Carolina Garcia
    8 Upper Ragsdale
    Monterey, CA 93940
    cgarcia@montereyherald.com
    (831) 646-4306

    Ms. Garcia,

    I have attempted through several sources to clarify my
    position regarding my unfair treatment by my previous
    employer, Citibank. I had no previous plans to leave
    my position as Head Teller at the Citibank branch in
    Carmel. After 4 years of employment with the company,
    the unfair and unequal treatment of employees led to
    medically supervised work-related stress. The manager
    of the branch then accused me of job abandonment which
    led to my termination via UPS delivery on December 15,
    2005, while I was at home on medical leave.

    Subsequent to my termination, I received numerous
    correspondences that referenced me as terminated, no
    longer with the company, and as a former employee. My
    401K and pension have both been forwarded to me.
    However, when interviewed by the Department of Fair
    Employment and Housing, Citibank representatives
    reported that I was terminated due to not personally
    reporting my absence, but rather having medical
    documentation reported by my physician. When
    interviewed by the U. S. Department Wage and Hours
    Division, Citibank representatives reported on August
    8, 2006, that I was still an employee of the company
    and that a letter indicating such would be forwarded
    to me. To date, this letter has not been received.

    I have continued to be in contact with several clients
    that have stated that Citibank representatives
    indicated that I was either on vacation, or that I
    voluntarily resigned in order to work with my husband
    in his new business. This is absolutely untrue. It was
    my intention to continue my employment as the benefits
    were extremely important to me, as well as to my
    family.

    Clearly, there has been a gross misrepresentation by
    Citibank, either to its clients or to the U. S.
    Department Wage and Hours Division. It is my position
    that I was unfairly terminated by Citibank. The
    unscrupulous behavior of Citibank and its
    representatives, locally and at the corporate level,
    is unacceptable.

    It is also my opinion that if a corporation as large
    as Citibank is representing itself on a local level,
    the local management and staff should act accordingly.
    A large part of the attraction of the Monterey area is
    the sense of community that is felt here on a day to
    day basis. If Citibank is allowed to misrepresent its
    actions to clients and government agencies, where will
    the corporate takeover end?

    Sincerely,




    Damari Stratford
    dcsbears@aol.com
    dcsbears@aol.com wrote:

    Subject: Re: Your message to the governor was received
    THE GOVERNOR HAS WRITTEN ME TWICE AND SAID HE WOULD
    HELP,, CITIBANK HAS LIED TO THE DFEH AND US LABOR DEPT
    WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION AND TO THEIR CLIENTS ABOUT MY
    STATUS, I NEED HELP, HOW CAN I FIGHT WHEN THIS
    CORPORATION IS TELLING LIES AND HAS ALL THE LAWYERS
    THEY NEED AND I CAN'T AFFORD ONE. HOW MANY TIMES ARE
    THEY GOING TO GET AWAY WITH MISTREATING EMPLOYEES
    ON 8/8/06 RONAN FROM THE US DEPT OF LABOR WAS TOLD BY
    A CITIBANK ATTORNEY THAT THEY WOULD SEND ME A LETTER
    EXPLAINING MY STATUS AS STILL AN EMPLOYEE, I HAVE YET
    TO GET THIS LETTER, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PUT A
    LETTER TOGETHER IF THEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH?
    YOUR OFFICE AS WELL AS THE FIRST LADY'S OFFICE HAS
    CALLED ME BUT WE AREN'T GETTING ANYWHERE. IT HAS BEEN
    7 MONTHS SINCE I FIRST WROTE THE GOVERNOR. CITIBANK
    ATTORNEYS HAVE CANCELLED 2 DEPOSITIONS AT THE LAST
    MINUTE THE LAST INE THEY CANCELLED WAS AFTER TALKING
    TO THE US LABOR DEPARTMENT,WHY?
    MY JOB WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO MY FAMILY AND I PLEASE
    HELP ME AND MY FAMILY AND ALL THOSE BEFORE ME THAT
    HAVE BEEN WRONGFULLY TERMINATED BY CITIBANK FOR NO
    GOOD REASON
    WHY IS EVERYONE SO AFRAID OF CITIGROUP? WHY CAN'T I
    FIND AN ATTORNEY WILLING TO STAND UP TO THEM ON A
    CONTINGENCY BASIS? I VOTED FOR THE GOVERNOR AND I NEED
    HIM NOW
    PLEASE CALL ANN FROM THE DFEH AT 408-277-1916 THEY
    TOLD HER THAT I HAD CALLED IN ILL ON 11/15/05 AND THAT
    I TOLD THEM I WOULDN'T BE IN, THIS IS A LIE I WORKED
    THAT DAY AND I CAN PROVE THIS WITH MY IME CARD, THEN
    THEY SAY THEY MADE AN ERROR
    PLEASE CALL RONAN AT 415-744-5590 EXT 226 FROM THE US
    LABOR DEPT TO VERIFY WHAT CITIBANK ATTORNEYS SAID. THE
    ONLY REASON THEY OFFERED ME FMLA IS BECAUSE I FILED
    FOR DISABILITY, BEFORE THAT THEY HAD PAID OUT MY FINAL
    PAYCHECK, FIRED ME VIA UPS, SENT ME COBRA INFORMATION.
    PLEASE HELP US PLEASE SEE THAT THE GOVERNOR GETS THIS
    EMAIL AND ASK HIM TO MAKE A CALL ON MY BEHALF
    CORPORATE AMERICA NEEDS TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THEIR
    GOOD EMPLOYEES AND NOT ALLOW A MANAGER WITH BAD SKILLS
    TO FIRE SOMEONE JUST BECAUSE HE WANTS TO
    SINCERELY DAMARI STARTFROD
    MOTHER WIFE HUMAN BEING AND I VOTED FOR THE GOVERNOR
    I MATTER TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CITIBANK IN CARMEL LIES TO CLIENTS ABOUT WHY I AM NOT
    THERE. THEY TELL PEOPLE THAT I AM ON VACATION OR THAT
    I LEFT TO WORK FOR MY HUSBAND INSTEAD OF TELLING THEM
    HAT THEY FIRED ME AFTER MY DOCTOR FAXED IN A NOTE AND
    CALLED IN FOR ME TO PROTECT ME FROM HAVING MY BLOOD
    PRESSRE RISE. JEFF URSINO AND KATHLEEN MUNOZ LIES TO
    ANN AT THE DFEH AND THEIR LAWYERS LIED TO THE US DEPT
    OF LABOR. KATHLEN WAS DOING THE OVERDRAFT ON HER
    DAUGHTERS ACCOUNTS AND REFUNDED HER OWN DAUHGTER MONEY
    WHILE THE MANAGER WAS ON VACATION. SHE LIES ABOUT
    BEING FIRED FROM WELLS FARGO, SHE LIED TO THE WORKERS
    COMP PEOPLE AND WILL LIE TO ANYONE. KATHLEEN HAD
    INSTUCTED THE OTHER TELLERS TO COOK THE BOOKS BY
    HAVING THEM PUT IN FALSE REFEERALS AND JEFF URSINO DID
    NOTHING ABOUT IT BUT I GOT WRITTEN UP FOR MISSING WORK
    WITH A DOCTORS NOTE. THEY STATE TO ONE AGENCY THAT I
    WAS FIRED AND TO THE OTHER THAT I AM STILL EMPLOYED,
    THEY STATE I WAS FIRED FOR NOT CALLING IN YET I WAS
    RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO HAVE MY DOCTOEOR CALL IN AND FAX
    MY NOTE IN DUE TO THE STRESS AND HARRASSMENT BROUGHT
    ON BY JEFF AND CITIBANK, WHERE ARE THE ETHICS IN THIS
    COMPANY


    NOW THEY ARE TELLING MORE LIES TO THE DEPT OF FAIR
    EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING JEFF TELLS THEM WHY I WAS FIRED
    AND THEIR LAWYERS TELL THE US DEPT OF LABOR THAT I AM
    STILL EMPLOYEED
    PLEASE HELP US GET THIS STORY OUT TO THE WORLD IF IT
    ISN'T TOO MUCH TO ASK:) HOW DO YOU FIGHT LIARS, HOW DO
    THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT
    CITIBANK IN CARMEL 831-624-8258 CALL AND ASK THEM
    WHERE I AM ASK FOR KATHLEEN AND ASK HER WHY SHE LIES
    THIS WOMAN WAS HAVING CITIBANK PAY FOR HER DAUGHTER
    OVERDRAFTS AND HER A TELLER REFUND HER OWN DAUGHTER
    MONEY WHILE THE MANAGER WAS OUT ON VACATION SO WHY
    SHOULD ANYONE BELEIVE THIS UNETHICAL PERSON JUST AS
    JEFF URSINO THE MANAGER OF THE CAPITOLA BRANCH LIES TO
    HIS BOSSES TO MAKE HIMSELF LOOK BETTER PLEASE HELP US
    WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME
    HOW DO YOU FIGHT A CORPORATION LIKE THIS
    Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
    DAMARI AND CITIBANK HERE IS THE TRUTH!!
    To set the record straight!
    Damari was fired by Citibank in Carmel!
    Damari did not leave the bank to go work for her
    husband!!!!
    DAMARI HAD NO PLANS TO LEAVE CITIBANK!
    DAMARI PLANNED ON STAYING FOR ANOTHER 16YRS.
    THE BENEFITS WERE VERY IMPORTANT TO HER FAMILY!!
    DAMARI WAS FIRED VIA UPS WHILE AT HOME ILL DUE TO WORK
    RELATED STRESS BROUGHT ON BY THE MANAGER AND THE
    UNFAIR AND UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES
    ALONG WITH BEING THREATEN AND HARASSED
    BY THE MANAGER FOR JOB ABANDOMENT.
    SEVERAL OF
    Citibank clients have TOLD HER that they have been
    told by the staff at the Carmel branch :
    THAT SHE LEFT TO GO WORK FOR HER HUSBAND!
    THIS IS AN OUTRIGHT LIE!!!!
    What else will they lie about?
    Are they ashamed of what was done??
    WHY DO THEY FEEL THEY NEED TO SAY SHE LEFT TO GO WORK
    WITH HER HUSBAND
    ( I DO NOT WORK FOR MY HUSBAND)
    ( I DO NOT WORK FOR JND PLUMBING)
    (NOR AM I ON VACATION)
    INSTEAD OF JUST TELLING THE TRUTH ?
    IS THERE ANYONE IN THE CARMEL BRANCH THAT COULD SWEAR
    TO THIS? NO!
    You can reach Damari at dcsbears@aol.com
    ENOUGH WITH THE LIES CITIBANK!!!
    IF YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD THIS PLEASE SEND HER AN EMAIL
    CITIBANK TOLD
    THE US LABOR DEPT WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION ,
    ON 08/08/06
    THAT I AM STILL AN EMPLOYEE
    YET I HAVE LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS
    THAT CLEARLY USE THE WORDS
    TERMINATED
    NO LONGER WITH THE COMPANY
    FORMER EMPLOYEE
    AND MY 401K AND PENSION HAVE BEEN SENT TO ME AS OF
    8/24/06 I HAVE YET TO GET THE LETTER FROM CITIBANK
    WHICH EXPLAINS HOW I AM STILL AN EMPLOYEE! HOW LONG
    DOES IT TAKE TO WRITE A LETTER IF YOU ARE TELLING THE
    TRUTH HOW CAN THEY SAY TO THE US DEPT OF LABOR THAT I
    AM STILL AN EMPLOYEE YET THEY TELL THE DFEH THAT THEY
    FIRED ME FOR NOT CALLING IN, WHAT IS THE TRUTH
    CITIBANK??????????
    CITIBANK STATES THAT I WAS FIRED FOR NOT CALLING IN
    YET MY DOCTOR CALLED IN FOR ME THE DAY BEFORE AND ALSO
    FAXED IN A NOTE FOR ME WHICH THE MANAGER RETURNED TO
    ME WITH MY LETTER OF TERMINATION. THEY KNEW THE DAY
    BEFORE THAT I WASN'T COMING IN SO WHY WOULD HE CALL TO
    ASK IF I WAS COMING IN IF IT WAS CLEARLY STATED ON THE
    NOTE AND TOLD TO THEM BY MY DOCTOR TO PROTECT MY
    HEALTH
    JUST MORE LIES BY THE CITIBANK STAFF IN CARMEL

    DCSbears...

    I whole heartedly understand you delemma, and my heart goes

    out to you.


    a few years back, I worked for citibank/corp. for one full year.

    It was without doubt the worst job, and the worst nightmare I have

    ever lived. The treatment of employees was abominable, among many

    other things. .


    I worked with people that had been there for years. They were not treated
    any better, than I was.

    I quit in the middle of the day. I sat in my car for a good twenty minutes

    breathing in what was for me, the most fresh air I had in one year.


    In the following year, at least six people I had worked with, and had been there

    for years, were let go, with the very worst excuses ever. Of course the lost all

    benifits, and retirments.

    Needless to say, I have never again banked with them, or used one of their credit

    cards, or have done any other business with them, whatsoever, and when asked I inform orher companies why.

    I have always...and to this day, informed everyone within earshot, of that disgusting thing, know as "citibank/corp.

    I am sorry they got you. I hope you get them.

    Anonymous

    The response to this settlement by Smith Barney Management is to institute an across the board pay cut which will have significant ramifications for a substantial percentage of the advisors who were part of the class. Is this legal?

    Damari

    Thank you for all the comments, good, bad and indifferent.For those of you whom I upset I am very sorry. It has now been about a year and things are moving along, yes I have had some, alot of therapy, this hit me hard but we are moving on. I have 2 attorneys dealing with this. I admitt that I had alot to learn and I have learned that we really don't matter to corporate America it really is just about profits. My fight is not just for me but for all those wrongfully treated by corporate America. I didn't realize that all caps was so offensive, sorry to that one. Life is all about learning and this was a very hard lesson for us. Again, sorry if I offended anyone I am getting better now. As far as the manager goes, he will just have to live with what he has done and I wish him and his family the best hoping that no one ever treats them as he did us. God Bless Us All

    Damari

    To: Senator Barbara Boxer, Feb. 18, 2007
    Also: Jason J Chan,
    1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 240
    San Francisco, Ca.94111

    Regarding your letter of February 5, 2007, thank you. You state that you will submit a formal inquiry to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and that this may take up to 4-5 weeks. In that case I have taken the liberty to put together this binder as to hopefully speed up the process or maybe just so you have it to review.
    In this binder I can show the Jeff Ursino was not fair and equal to all the employees and although others violated policy I am the only one he fired. Citibank did not follow their own policy much less that of the Ca. Labor laws and codes.
    I don’t believe that Citibank has been honest with their clients as well as the DFEH and DOL.
    Citibank did not submit a new statement regarding 11/15/05 to the DFEH and seem to stand behind their “ bad Information”. I worked the day they state I called in and supposedly stated that I would be out the rest of the week, not true. What else is branch 915, Jeff Ursino, Kathleen Munoz and their corporate attorneys in New York willing to lie about?
    Please help us get to the truth about why Jeff really fired me. Why does Citibank stand behind Jeff and his lies and much more? The teller that left about $10,000.00 out is still working their and to my knowledge was not written up and yet this was worse for the bank than me just wanting to care for my daughter and having my doctor call in for me.
    Jeff made error after error with the write ups and the firing procedure of Citibank. Why did Jeff Ursino and Citibank feel I wasn’t worthy of an exit interview? Why was I fired at home and not at my place of work? Why was I not given a verbal or informal warning as is Citibank policy?
    Please go through or have someone review my notes and proof of their dishonesty. Please help us and all those wrongfully terminated by corporate America.. It is time for Corporate America ethics Reform. Senator Boxer if I had been a bad employee I would have just walked away but I wasn’t. I have letters from clients that truly appreciated me and my work and even Citibank has acknowledge that I was great for the Carmel branch, so why fire me and throw me out like yesterdays trash? Because Jeff Ursino just didn’t like me and was out to fire me from the moment he threaten me with job abandonment before I had ever missed a Saturday. Why? As I told Dr. Lowell and all the other doctors I have seen, “this just doesn’t make sense!” I have spent the past 14 months fighting for my rights, please help me and my family, we need more moms like me that want to be their for their children and teenagers are children.
    I look forward to hearing from you, thank you so very much for writing back or at least someone from your office, thanks Jason J. Chan.
    Sincerely,
    Damari Stratford
    1291 Ord Grove Ave, Seaside, Ca 93955-3119
    Cell 831-236-0112 Home 831-583-9077 Fax 831-393-9464

    God Bless Us All

    Damari

    To whom it may concern, 10/03/2007

    A CRY FOR HELP

    Please help the little person fight corporate America and their lies and false statements

    On, Feb. 16, 2006 someone representing Citigroup Inc at One Court Square, 14th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11120, submitted a rebuttal to Ann Luekeman, Consultant for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing at 111 N Market Street, Suite 810, San Jose Ca 95112, and the statement entered is false and full of lies . Ann Luekeman also conducted the interviews for the investigation and was also lied to by Jeff Ursino and Kathleen Munoz during their interviews. I feel that the case needs to be investigated due to the fact that the DFEH made their decision with false statements submitted by Citigroup attorney and their employees. Sheri Paulo, the Employee Relations director for Citigroup was aware of the false information submitted yet even though they/she said they would submit a new statement they did not and stood by the lies knowing they were lies. I was wrongfully termination, harassed, by Jeff Ursino, and I can’t understand how an attorney lies to the DFEH and then they aren’t held accountable. This is unethical behavior on all those whom lied and I have to pay for their lies. Citigroup violated several Ca labor codes in the process of firing me nor did Citibank follow their own firing procedures. I was not offered FMLA until months later.
    I am begging that someone out there will help a mother who was simply trying to work be a mom and a wife making a honest living yet the manager and supervisor both lied as well as the Citigroup lawyers. Their lawyers requested more time to answer the DFEH yet submitted false information and this is unethical, please help us. I have been on disability since I was fired on 12/13/05 via UPS, I did not know I had lost my job until 12/15/05 because I was out on a workers comp pending case when I was fired. Violation 132A.My last pay check was direct deposited into my checking account, it was not included with my letter of termination. I would like to know who submitted these false statements for Citicorp and or Citibank and Citigroup. I don’t have a team of attorneys as they do or the funds to hire the right attorney to get to the truth. Please help us.


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